A woman’s car was left damaged by a pride of charging lions after they jumped on top of her vehicle at a safari park.
Video footage shows the animals bounding onto the bonnet and roof of the Hyundai i-30, leaving behind a huge paw print-shaped dent.
The driver, Jaz Reynolds, a 28-year-old carer from Hereford, and a friend, 23-year-old Abi Tudge, had two children in the back seat at West Midlands Safari Park, in Bewdley, Worcestershire.
They became trapped in the drive-through lion enclosure when rangers closed the gates for safety reasons on Wednesday afternoon.
The group of two adults and two children became trapped in the section for around 50 minutes as wardens tried to deal with the “agitated” and “aggravated” animals.
But the animals are believed to have suddenly bolted for a female lion and leapt on top of the car, leaving behind dents and scratches.
Ms Tudge, also from Hereford, said they were left feeling shaken and feared the car’s windows could have been smashed by the animals, which can weigh up to 30 stone (190kg).
She added: “We were so shaken up and trying to make sure the children were OK. The rangers were in their vehicle, but nowhere near the lions.”
Ms Reynolds, who filmed the footage, said: “It was the last thing you’d expect to happen on a causal day out. We could see as we got into the enclosure that the lions were making a lot of noise and that a few of them were wrestling with one another.
“They were dashing around after one another – I think there was a female that they were trying to chase. The employees weren’t able to open the gates to let us out because of the disturbance.
“Then, out of nowhere, a load of them darted towards my car and started jumping all over it. It was a real shock, but I knew that I couldn’t scream because it would upset the children.
“I think they were just running from one place to the other and my car happened to be an obstacle in their way, so they hurtled over it.
“One of them went up on the bonnet, and another one managed to jump on the roof. They really got up close and personal.
“The children were talking about it as we drove them back home. They found it absolutely hilarious and were really happy that they got to experience that.
“I think that the staff were amazing, I have to commend them for what they did. Their presence made us feel safe as it happened.
“The only negative is the paw print dent on my car, but it looks really funny and will hopefully be easy to fix. I’m due to take the car in for a service later this week, so they’re going to think I’m bonkers when I try to explain that to them.”
A West Midlands Safari Park spokeswoman said: “The exit gate of our drive-through lion enclosure was kept closed temporarily due to the lions being in close proximity to the gate.
“This was a precautionary measure to prevent the lions going between gates, causing guests already in the enclosure to wait in their vehicles for a short period of time.
“The male lions have been in the process of being mixed with the females for a few months now. This has been going well and there was no reason to believe that there would be any issues yesterday as a result of mixing.
She added: “As with all wild animals, normally harmonious groups can on occasion become particularly active.
“This is constantly monitored closely by trained staff who are always in the enclosure when guests are too and will intervene if necessary.
“There was an experienced member of staff within the enclosure and at no time were guests in any danger. The safety and wellbeing of our guests is paramount.”